Since 2001, RET has directly supported more than 100,000 direct participants in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 62% of them are vulnerable women, and facilitated the inauguration of 406 facilities, (35 Afghanistan – 371 Pakistan) throughout 39 projects ( 22 Afghanistan & 17 Pakistan) focused on Protection, Education, Equality & Social Inclusion; Peace Stability and Transition, Migration & Mobility…

Afghanistan gone through periods of conflict and instability since the war against the Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR in the late 1970s. This has caused massive displacement inside the country, as well as to neighboring countries. Many people have since returned, despite the country still being in a fragile situation. Young women were left the most vulnerable with little or no access to education.

In 2001, RET started working with Afghan communities in Pakistan, and supported 44,522 Afghan refugees (of which at least 12,478 were female), including 1,556 educators through 14 projects. Through its cross-border activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 551 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Afghan (of which 523 female), including 230 educators benefitted from RET’s projects.

In 2008, RET entered Afghanistan, as Afghans started to return home after years of displacement. RET has implemented accelerated learning programs, life skills training, skills training for income generation, and provided medical services, kindergarten daycare and small-business training for male family members, through its Women’s Learning Centers, thirty-five of which are open to-date.

Alone in the year 2019, 217,000 Afghans have been newly displaced internally and around 294,000 people have returned to Afghanistan so far this year. Similar tensions and conflicts also arise in relation to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who make up a large part of the population due to the ongoing armed conflict in various parts of the country. Social cohesion is hampered between the host community, the returnees and IDPs across the provinces and especially in the extremely densely populated Dasht-e-Barchi district in Kabul where a high rate of IDPs and returnees have difficulties in reintegrating socio-economically.

To ensure sustainability, RET has always worked very closely with local communities, community leaders as well as the local and provincial government authorities using a participatory and community-based approach in all its responses. The programs have led to four awards including the Afghan National Hero Award from the Afghan Parliament and the Massoud Foundation in the provinces of Parwan and Panjshir, and the inauguration of a total of 35 Community Learning Centers established to-date.

Since 2012, RET implemented 19 projects funded by the Government of Germany, with 15 projects funded directly by the German Federal Foreign Office, SO3 Division and implemented by RET in Afghanistan.

Learn more about RET Germany Projects in Afghanistan.